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Average Rates & Usage in Corpus Christi

In October, the average electricity rate in Corpus Christi was 14.77¢ per kWh. The average households monthly electricity usage was 989 kWh, making the average bill around $146.

based on EIA Data as of January, 2023

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Utility Information

For electrical outage information or to report power issues, call AEP Texas at 877-373-4858

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For all things water related in Corpus Christi, contact the Water Department at 361-826-1800 or visit their website, cctexas.com

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About Corpus Christi

Founding of Corpus Christi

Spanish conquistador and cartographer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda sailed in the bay in 1519 and named it in honor of the Catholic feast day of Corpus Christi ("Body of Christ"). Though the Spanish attempted settlements near the mouth of the Nueces River throughout the 1740s, none succeeded.

In September 1839, Henry L. Kinney founded a small settlement on a bluff above Corpus Christi Bay. The nearby Nueces River which empties into the bay was then the de facto border between Texas and Mexico. Initially just a trading post, Kinney fortified it into a stockade to defend against Mexican raiders and revolutionaries.

Following the annexation of Texas by the United States, US General Zachary Taylor arrived in 1845 with 3,900 regular troops to enforce the US claim that the Rio Grande was the rightful border with Mexico. Taylor made Kinney’s fort his military base and soon war-time business brought a boom to the hard-bitten and often lawless settlement. Throughout the war with Mexico, the settlement was called "Corpus Christi" and in 1852, the town made the name offical.

Local businessmen had long dreamed of building a deep-water port in Corpus Christi Bay. By 1854, the city's dredging operations began and eventually established a 32 mile channel to bring deep-drafted sailing ships into the port. When the the war with Mexico ended, Corpus Christi became a focus of shipping and trade --and for men to eager to join the 1849 California Gold Rush. In the 1850s, settlers discovered that the area’s rich grasslands made ideal sheep country. From the 1850s until 1884, quality wool shipped from Corpus Christi to world markets.

Corpus Christi was one of a few Texas towns to experience and endure the ravages of the American Civil War. As a major port for Confederate cotton trade with Mexico, the town was a strategic target for the Union. During the Battle of Corpus Christi in 1862, five Union warships sailed into the bay and bombarded the city. Later in 1863 as part of the Union's Rio Grande Expedition, federal troops took over nearby Mustang Island for seven months. The bitter winter of 1863-64 caused severe starvation in the town and Yankee soldiers sometimes came to the city to strip lumber from home to build their shelters. In March, 1864, fire fights broke out as Confederate troops snuck into the city trying to catch the Union troops as they withdrew. When the war ended the next year, most city residents had fled and only a few people remained.

By 1870, however, Corpus Christi had bounced back. And soon, the Corpus Christi, San Diego and Rio Grande railroad (later Texas-Mexican railway) began serving the city's 3,000 or so residents. Growth continued over the next few decades and by 1905, funds were raised to build the city’s first hospital. The city also improved its water, streets, and sewer system. Tragedy struck in September, 1919 when a fierce hurricane hit the town. A storm surge of 16 feet washed away nearly 23 blocks of homes. Nearly 300 people died as a result of the storm. In 1925, the city erected a breakwater to protect the city and later augmented it with a seawall in 1940.

Today, Corpus Christi is home to 326,332 people. Built in 1925 the port of Corpus Christi is the sixth largest U.S. port and deepest inshore port on the Gulf of Mexico. The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi officially joined the A&M system in 1989 and now enrolls over 12,000 students. Meanwhile, the US Naval Air Station is the area's largest employer. The station trains Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and foreign student pilots to earn their wings flying out of Truax Field. The Corpus Christi Army Depot is a primary facility for repairing military helicopters and other types of rotary-wing aircraft.

Corpus Christi Landmarks

  • Kinney's Trading Post --the actual site is now the AT&T building on N. Upper Broadway. A historical marker is across the street opposite the intersection of N. Upper Broadway and Blucher.
  • Centennial House (Britton-Evans House) --oldest continually existing structure in Corpus Christi, the house was built in 1849 by Rebecca and Forbes Britton on land acquired from Henry Kinney. The home served as a hospital for Confederate soldiers during the Battle of Corpus Christi in 1862. After the war it was used as an officers' mess hall for the Federal Army in 1866 and then again in 1867 as a hospital during the Yellow Fever epidemic. After more than a century as a private home, it was deeded to the Corpus Christi area heritage society in 1965.
  • The Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge -- Visitors can see the Thule Lake ship channel to the west where a variety of ocean going ships dock and load or unload cargo. To the east, the World War II aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Lexington, is a permanently moored museum.
  • Corpus Christi Downtown Seawall -- built in 1941, the seawall not only protects the city from storm surges but also hosts many parks, museums, and great places to eat.
  • Selena Memorial — Mirador de la Flor, or Overlook of the Flower, the memorial honors Selena Quintanilla-Perez and her contributions to music and Corpus Christi. Unveiled in 1997, the life-size bronze statue of Selena was sculpted by H.W. “Buddy” Tatum, a Corpus Christi artist. It's located on the Corpus Christi Bayfront Seawall at N. Shoreline and the entrance to the People's Street T Head. There's also a walkway down from the memorial to the water side.
  • The Water's Edge Park in Downtown Corpus Christi and McGee Beach -- The Water’s Edge is a new bay-front park nestled along the Corpus Christi Bay in the Sports, Entertainment and Arts (SEA) District. Nearby stretching along the seawall is McGee Beach offering seaweed-free, manicured sand, and the warm waters of the Corpus Christi Bay. Plus, adjacent to the beach is the city's first gated Dog Park.

Corpus Christi Culture

Corpus Christie is best known for its convenient closeness to warm, clean beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Mustang-Padre Island is rated the most livable neighborhood in Corpus Christi. While slick travel sites style it as "The Sparkling City by the Sea", Corpus Christi residents know it better as “The Real Windy City” because the Gulf winds are much more intense than those in Chicago. Luckily, that makes Corpus Christi one of the best cities in North America for kiteboarding, wind surfing, kite flying, and sailing.

A modest sized city of roughly 460 sq. miles, most of Corpus Christi's 326,332 citizens are hispanic. That's not surprising given the history of Corpus Christi and the whole south Texas coastal bend. Hispanic and Tejano culture are everywhere in region, from its architecture and street names, to its food, music, and art. For example, the Marina Arts District is a thriving artistic community best known for its murals. There are also signature cultural events such as the annual Masterpiece-In-A-Day, monthly ArtWalks and Mural Mixers, and weekly farmers markets at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. The city also value other diverse influences, which includes the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures, community stage productions by the Harbor Playhouse and Aurora Arts Theatre, and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra (CCSO). The CCSO performs its regular shows at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Performing Arts Center, The orchestra performs Pops in the Park at Whataburger Field to an audience of 7,000 each April as its gift to the community.

Corpus Christi Attractions

Corpus Christi offers both adults and children of all ages lots to see and do.

  • Glowing Kayak Tour -- A great way to what lives in Corpus Christi Bay. This unique clear kayak tour that uses underwater LED lights to highlight the local marine life. Check out the blue crab, redfish, stingrays, and more and learn about the area’s history and ecosystem from your guide.
  • The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez at Seaside Memorial Park--Known as Selena, she was an American singer celebrated for her contributions to music and fashion. A corpus Christi native, she was called the "Queen of Tejano music" until her tragic death in 1995. With sales around 18 million records worldwide, she has been one of the best-selling female artists in Latin music.
  • The Selena Museum -- Located in her old recording studio on Leopard St., visitors can see the clothing she work for performances as well as awards, her car, her piano and other personal items.
  • Tropicoso at House of Rock every other month give the chance to dance to a fusion of Latin American and Caribbean sounds. Performers from all over the world come to play at this cumbia dance party in downtown Corpus Christi. But get your tickets early!
  • Voyage -- a Journey Through Our Solar System -- Voyage is a one to 10 billion scale model of our solar system that stretches 2,000 feet along the walking path adjacent to the seawall (parallel to N. Shoreline Boulevard). The model features ten displays representing the 9 planets and our Sun and the relative distances involved.
  • Corpus Christi Water Gardens -- Set at the end of North Shore Blvd, the Water Gardens consists of ring of 150 fountains that send water cascading down tall concrete steps that encircles a large green area perfect for relaxing in the cooling spray and tranquil sound of rushing water. Built in 1988, the fountain operated until Hurricane Harvey flooded the equipment room in 2017. The city has been trying to figure out how to pay to repair it to function normally. Though silent and dry now, the site retains an eerie, almost-sci-fi vibe.
  • South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center --located on the south side of Corpus Christi on 182 acres of parkland, the botanical center includes a variety of floral exhibits feature 2500 varieties of orchids, plus butterflies and hummingbirds. There's also native habitat trails and wetlands as well as a rose garden and sensory garden. Visitors can also meet and interact with the Animal Ambassadors.